The Beach House at Manafaru, Maldives Reviews
Dec 07, 2007
HotSpot: The Beach House at Manafaru, Maldives
A break from the international chains that litter the country’s southern atoll, this brand-new five-star resort offers an intimate experience in a breathtaking setting. Comprising grass-topped huts and lush vegetation – the sandy paths are lined with 700 banana and mango trees – the Beach House fuses a natural environment with the most cutting-edge technology.
Rooms: Sixty-eight waterfront villas, each with its own terrace and fiber-optic-lit pool, are for rent on four price levels. Splurge and book the Grand Beach Pavillion, a palatial duplex with a sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room.
Food: Maldivian cuisine extracts the best parts of Indian, Thai, and other Asian fare for an eclectic mix of spicy and savory delights. The resort’s three restaurants serve up tastes for every palette, from pumpkin curry to tuna tartare.
Spa: The state-of-the-art spa boasts ten individual cabanas and an extensive menu of Shui specialties. Opt for the Veli Modun energy massage, a native beachside treatment that incorporates sand, ocean water and oil from freshly-plucked coconuts.
Extras: In a country consisting of 99 percent water, aquatic sports abound. Strap on a snorkel and explore the Indian Ocean’s ample marine life, or suit up and give deep-sea diving a go. Don’t fancy the open water? Cool off in the lava-stone-lined Amazon Pool, the island’s pride and joy.
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